Riseberga Abbey Ruins

Fjugesta, Sweden

Riseberga Abbey was a nunnery founded by the Order of Cistercians around the year 1180. The land property of the abbey was donated by Earl Birger Brosa in 1202. After his death Brosa’s wife, Queen consort Brigida Haraldsdotter, moved to Riseberga and she was one of the most famous nuns in the abbey. Brigida has also buried there.

Riseberga became soon very rich and powerful abbey. In the 13th century it owned 224 farms, mines, churches and other properties. In 1384 it was anyway plundered, probably by mercenaries. The destruction began in 1527 when the abbey was returned to the Crown during the Reformation. Former nuns lived there until 1534. The abbey was destroyed by fire in 1546. Later abbey ruins were used to build other buildings nearby. Today only one wall stands still.



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Founded: ca. 1180
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)


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Frej Petersson (9 months ago)
Most sacred place I have been to ?
Jan Elgstrand (10 months ago)
Huge ruin, very interesting, good information on various paintings
Malin Bideby (12 months ago)
I was at the theater and saw Emil I Lönneberga. It was Lerbäcksteatern who played at the amphitheater in Riseberga. Since the Corona rules meant that they could receive the number of people required at Lerbäcksteatern to not go back, it became Riseberga. The theater was as good as any other year! Highly recommended for small and large!
Vilgot Björling (3 years ago)
Truly a fascinating place filled with interesting ruins. The cloister was very large when it once stood proudly tall a long time ago. You can walk around the open cloister as you please with information-signs describing the life of the nuns who lived here. A recommended place for those who are interested in historical sites!
Ourperfectlyimperfectlife (3 years ago)
Beautiful place with an amphitheater and a ruin with little hiking trails. Great for a picnic or just to be out on nature. Also a great view.
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